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ARM and Northwest Logic Announce The Availability Of Complete PCI-SIG Certified PCI Express ASIC Solution


Combined ARM Velocity PHY and Northwest Logic’s PCI Express IP Core offers designers a complete hardware-proven solution for PCI Express-based SoCs

CAMBRIDGE,UK AND BEAVERTON, OR – Feb. 1, 2007 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)] and Northwest Logic, today announced the availability of a high-performance PCI-SIG-compliant solution that can reduce costs and accelerate the development of PCI Express® technology-based system-on-chips (SoCs). Ideal for enterprise, desktop, mobile, communications and embedded applications, this high-performance solution includes the ARM® Velocity™ 2.5 Gbps serial link PHY (VSL210) physical layer (PHY) for PCI Express and Northwest Logic’s complete PCI Express Solution which includes PCI Express Intellectual Property (IP) Cores in x1, x4 and x8 lane configurations, Development Boards, Drivers, and Demonstration Applications.

“Validating the interoperability of the ARM Velocity PHY and our complete PCI Express Solution helps reduce the integration risks of SoC designs,” said Brian Daellenbach, president, Northwest Logic. “By using our combined products, designers are offered an easy-to-implement solution and helps bring their products to market more quickly.”

The silicon-proven ARM Velocity VSL210 PHY, a member of the ARM Velocity 200 PHY series, is fully compliant with the PCI Express Base 1.0a/1.1 specification with PIPE (PHY Interface for PCI Express) interface. The Velocity PHY offers exceptional jitter performance, low-power consumption, and extensive testability within a small physical size.

Northwest Logic’s PCI Express IP Cores are available in x1, x4 and x8 lane configurations. The cores are specifically designed for ease-of-use including built-in high-performance, multi-channel, on-demand DMA engine, simple user interface and a complete status port. Additionally, Northwest Logic’s PCI Express Solution includes a Verification Suite, x8 lane Development Board with the ARM Velocity VSL210 PHY, Drivers and Demonstration Application.

The combination of the ARM Velocity PHY and Northwest Logic PCI Express provides a robust, fully-validated, cost-effective PCI Express system solution. This solution has been fully PCI-SIG certified to be PCI Express 1.0a/1.1 compliant. This solution provides the tools needed to rapidly and successfully develop and bring to market a PCI Express SoC.

“The PCI Express bus technology addresses the increasing bandwidth demands designers encounter in next-generation high-performance applications,” said Brent Dichter, general manager, Physical IP, ARM. “This combined PCI-SIG-compliant solution helps assure customers that their PCI Express design goals can be successfully achieved.”

The ARM Velocity PHY is immediately available. For more information, please visit the ARM website at or contact your local ARM sales representative. Northwest Logic’s PCI Express Solution including Cores, Development Boards, Drivers and Demonstration Applications are immediately available for purchase. For more information, please contact Northwest Logic at or call 503.533.5800 x 309.

About Northwest Logic
Northwest Logic, founded in 1995 and located in Beaverton, Oregon, provides high-performance, easy-to-use IP cores for FPGAs and ASICs. These IP cores include memory controller, PCI Express and PCI cores.

Key benefits of Northwest Logic’s IP cores include:

* High performance – support high clock rate and high throughput
* Easy to use – simple user interface, easy to configure, etc.
* Fully hardware validated
* Provided with a functional verification suite
* Support for ARM Velocity PHY and FPGA prototyping
* Development boards and driver support available
* Top quality technical support
* Customization and integration services available

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About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, graphics processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed PHY products. Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at


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